|The Vstar is the first bike built to be totally mistaken for a Harley
the uneducated eye. I can't count the number of times people
up to me and said..."Nice Hog man!" Before I did
this modification I
would wait until these admirer's left before turning her over. Now
push the starter, and watch heads turn.
The following exhaust modifications will bring your Vstar exhaust as
close to a Harley as I’ve heard. It's alot of work, but worth
it. It is
time consuming, frustrating, might make your knuckles bleed, and MIGHT
VOID YOUR WARRANTY, but cruise downtown in 3rd, crack it...and watch
It will cost you about $350 to replace your stock exhaust, so proceed
REMOVING THE CONES……30 MINUTES
Inside your factory exhaust is a black cone, which is welded onto the
final exhaust pipe. This cone needs to be removed. If you
torches, lucky you! If not, a 1” drill saw bit, drilled
break the weld. Using the saw bit will be a little messy,
but we will
clean up later.
1” drill saw bit is used to cut the bolt hole in a door.
Use a quality
bit, not the bit set you buy at Kmart for $1.99
REMOVING THE PLATE…..30 MINUTES
Once the cone is removed, you will see a rear plate holding the final
exhaust pipe in place. Remove this plate. Torches again!
you say? That’s okay. Drill holes around the outer edge
of the plate
until all that's left of the plate is a small piece between the holes.
Once you have all these holes drilled, a small hacksaw blade will finish
the job of removing the rest of the plate. Once the plate is
final exhaust pipe will be hanging freely in the center of the exhaust
REMOVING THE PIPE……1 HOUR…30 MINUTES
Now you must remove the final exhaust pipe. Place something firm
the pipe, a rod, a thin broom stick, and rotate it in a circular motion
until the welds at the other end of the pipe break. You will
pipe getting looser as the welds weaken. The welds break on the
of the exhaust, and it will appear that your final pipe is stuck on
other end, behind the plate, because, holy S#@T you can't pull it out.
It is stuck, but this is not a problem.
The welds you just broke are on a soft metal plate. A long screwdriver
and a hammer, or a long drill bit, or a chisel, will enlarge
to allow the weld to pass through, so you can remove the pipe.
will be a little messy, but unless someone looks up your pipes with
flashlight, no one will see the cut plate.
CLEAN UP….. 30 MINUTES
Using a file, or a screwdriver & hammer, file, cut, or fold back
jagged edges of metal inside the exhaust.
Mask around the outside exhaust, covering the chrome at the opening.
Using a heat resistant flat black, give the inside a good coat of paint.
This exhaust will now let you run with the big boys. Fairly loud,
deeper, but not as thunderous as the real bad asses.
The only thing left to do is check your mixture after 100 miles or so.
It may need richening. I would have your mechanic do that, and
his face as he looks inside your pipes.
After 150 miles, I experienced some bluing in the front cylinder, at
top of the pipe. My service manager said this mod would do no
my plugs were a healthy color. he also said that that bluing
spot is expected, because there is no heat shield.
Enjoy your new sound, and send me a .wav file when your done.
Riding "Hector" 1998 Black Classic Vstar